October 25, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration plans to recommend stronger regulations for a commonly used opioid painkiller.

October 25, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration plans to officially recommend that products containing 15 mg or less of the opioid painkiller hydrocodone be rescheduled as Schedule II controlled substances, from the current Schedule III classification. While the idea is to combat abuse and misuse of the drugs, pharmacy groups say the rescheduling would make them harder to obtain for patients who legitimately need them.

The desire to combat abuse and misuse of prescription drugs — now a worse problem in the United States than cocaine or heroin — is laudable, but unlike those two drugs, hydrocodone has a legitimate use as a painkiller, and it's the people who are using it properly and legally who will end up losing.

October 15, 2013

Actavis is hoping to become the first to market a generic version of a drug used to treat patients who have become dependent on opioid drugs, triggering a lawsuit from the branded drug's manufacturer.

October 11, 2013

The global market for drugs to treat constipation resulting from use of opioid painkillers will increase more than tenfold by 2017, according to new research.

October 3, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration is requiring Johnson & Johnson to use long-lasting ink in the labeling and dosage strength of an opioid painkiller patch it markets in order to make it easier to see.

September 24, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new dosage strength for a chronic pain patch made by Purdue Pharma, the drug maker said Tuesday.

September 16, 2013

A drug for treating opioid dependence has been launched, the manufacturer said Monday.

September 13, 2013

Companies that make long-acting opioid painkillers will be required to conduct studies to assess their safety, while use of the drugs will be restricted, under new requirements from the Food and Drug Administration.

September 3, 2013

A new opioid painkiller drug made by Upsher-Smith Labs will become available on Wednesday, the drug maker said.

July 17, 2013

New, abuse-deterrent formulations of two opioid painkillers have not necessarily reduced doctors' unease with prescribing them, according to a new study.

July 9, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for treating opioid dependence.

July 8, 2013

Nearly 30 children have been accidentally poisoned by opioid painkiller patches since 1997, according to the Food and Drug Administration, prompting the agency to issue disposal guidelines.

July 2, 2013

A dramatic increase in the number of women dying from opioid painkiller overdoses has health officials alarmed.

June 11, 2013

Misperceptions and stereotypes about opioid dependence that may affect how it's treated have persisted among the general public and physicians despite increased attention devoted to the issue, according to a new survey.

May 17, 2013

A Food and Drug Administration panel will consider whether to recommend approval for an experimental painkiller in July, the drug's developer said Friday.

May 13, 2013

A ruling by the Food and Drug Administration means that generic versions of an opioid painkiller made by Endo Pharmaceuticals can stay on the market, drawing criticism from the drug maker.

April 24, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for constipation related to use of opioid painkillers made by Sucampo Pharmaceuticals and Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the drug makers said.

April 24, 2013

A dramatic jump in the rates of misuse of prescription stimulants over the past four years is linked to lax attitudes on the part of parents, according to a new study, though misuse and abuse of prescription opioids has remained flat.

March 26, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug for opioid dependence made by Actavis, the company said.

March 14, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration will decide in late August whether to approve an experimental opioid painkiller made by QRxPharma, the drug maker said Thursday.

March 12, 2013

The attorneys general of 46 states and two territories are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to make prescription painkillers harder to abuse.

March 5, 2013

Amneal Pharmaceuticals has started shipping a drug used to treat opioid dependence, the company said Tuesday.

February 25, 2013

Amneal Pharmaceuticals has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for a drug to treat opioid dependence.

February 6, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a regulatory approval application from Elite Pharmaceuticals for an opioid painkiller, the drug maker said Wednesday.